In the Garden: Getting Ready to Bloom!

Saturday, May 22, 2010 11:00 AM
- 2:00 PM
Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

It’s that time of year when the daffodils and lilacs are blooming and you’re thinking about taking advantage of the good weather to do some gardening.  But maybe you’ve never done a gardening project before or you have a city yard and want to try a new scheme with some pots and planters or you’d love to grow your own herbs to add a new dimension to the cooking you love to do!  The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library can help.  Not only does the Library possess multitudes of free resource materials for both the novice and expert gardener but this year the Library’s focused on gardens and gardening all summer long!

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library will be kicking off the summer with “In the Garden: Getting Ready to Bloom!” on Saturday, May 22nd from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Downtown Central Library, located at 1 Lafayette Square.  Free and open-to-the-public, this family-friendly event features:

- 11:00 a.m.: Herb gardening talk by representatives of the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens.
- 12:00 noon: ”What’s This Stuff?” talk by Master Gardener Thomas Maloney, Lincoln Park Nursery.  Alternative garden products such as bone meal, their uses and effects.
- 1:00 p.m.: ”Getting Started” workshop with Rena Lavocart from Lowe’s.  Methods, materials and equipment for planting and transplanting flowers and bulbs.

Table exhibits, handouts and family-friendly activities are also being provided by partners including the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, Urban Roots, Lowe’s and Lincoln Park Nursery.  For more information on this event, visit

“In the Garden: Getting Ready to Bloom!” is presented in conjunction with the Library System’s upcoming exhibition called In the Garden: The Art of Botanical Illustration (June 1st through September 26th) at the Downtown Central Library.  The exhibition is a participating event of the new National Buffalo Garden Festival (June 19th through July 25th) initiated by the Buffalo Niagara Convention & Visitors Bureau and Garden Walk Buffalo.  The Library’s exhibition will feature a chronology of botanical illustration found in selected rare books from its Special Collections, illustrating the history of botanical research and classification of plants as well as decorative applications and printing technology.